So, NaNoWriMo is over…

… and I won!

I mean, I managed to write more than 50 000 words in 30 days, which is an accomplishment. Some of those words I actually like. However, my novel is not finished. I’m around 86 000 words and I’m about to write the most important chapters: the ending.

I’m one of those people who enjoy their beginnings, their endings (even more), but hate their middles. It’s a bit different with “Hardin Hades” (my NaNo 2010 novel). I got through the middle without a problem. The ending is giving me headaches.

It’s not that I don’t know how to end it. It was planned, outlined, imagined, long ago. I am just not sure how to find the right way to make the point I’m trying to make. I am not one of those people that force message to their readers, but I do want to hit the right emotion and to make the novel well rounded. If not, it could end up being incredibly sexist and racist. *

* Why, you may ask? Because the protagonist is a girl with serious issues, some concerning sex, and most of the stuff is told from her POV. I need to make sure people get it’s not how author sees the world, but her fucked up character. Racist? There’s a non-white character that is viewed by everybody as a poor, dirty girl with foul mouth… Only, she isn’t. She’s somebody who plays to other people’s racism so she could hide. This also needs to be made clear.

Even without this issues, my biggest concern is to make the novel well-rounded. The ending is one of the most important thing about a novel (or a film for that matter) and it must work perfectly.

So all in all, I won NaNoWriMo, but I am a couple of important chapters away from winning.

But I must say NaNoWriMo was exactly what I needed at this moment in my life. It was a perfect opportunity to get myself back on track, emotionally speaking, after graduating and not having any ideas about where/how to search for a decent job. It also made me write, and I missed it so much. I feel like a part of me has been sleeping for the past 13 years… But now is awaken.

8 thoughts on “So, NaNoWriMo is over…

  1. Anna Scott Graham

    NANO is a pretty incredible kick in the butt. Congrats for hitting 50K-plus!

    As for novel endings, that is so true, how vital it is to get what needs to said spoken just so. I look forward to hearing how you’re feeling after The End is written.

  2. Dr. Vagrant X

    Congratulations! 86,000+!? That’s incredible, especially considering the fact that you wrote all of it in about a month!

    Also, I know what you mean as far as endings go. Really the beginning and the ending are the salient points that stay with your readers long after they’ve finished your work (or so I’ve been told). The middle has to be good too, of course, but a good ending is always a must, especially when you’re trying to get a point across.

    I hope you’re able to work everything out, and that your ending is awesome. Good luck!

    P.S.- Is this a private work or will others be able to read it when you’re done? I’d be more than happy put aside Abe’s “The Face of Another” to check out your work, if that’s okay.

  3. Mira

    Anna Scott Graham,

    Yes, the ending is really important. But I am stuck at the moment. I have a precise idea about what should happen next and how to bring the story to the end, but the problem is, some of the key aspects are not plausible.

    Well, I know I said the story isn’t really set in America, but I am obsessing over some details that are not realistic in the US context and in short, I’m stuck. (While I should probably forget about it and just write it… Since I never said the story was set in America).

  4. Mira

    Dr. Vagrant X,

    Congratulations! 86,000+!? That’s incredible, especially considering the fact that you wrote all of it in about a month!

    Thanks! The thing is, there will be at least 20 000 words more. The critical chapters are left (all covering 24 hours maybe) and now I am obsessing over some details.

    The middle has to be good too, of course, but a good ending is always a must, especially when you’re trying to get a point across.

    Exactly. To be honest, I don’t know if I could think of a novel that had a perfect beginning, a perfect middle and a perfect ending. But if the beginning was good and the ending was great, all is well.

    On the other hand, I am really disappointed by books that have a promising beginning, but it just gets worse from that point (to a so-so middle, and a horrible end).

    P.S.- Is this a private work or will others be able to read it when you’re done? I’d be more than happy put aside Abe’s “The Face of Another” to check out your work, if that’s okay.

    It’s not a private work, and I’d like people to read it. However, it’s not written in English. I will have to translate it first, which is a really scary task.

  5. Dr. Vagrant X

    It’s not a private work, and I’d like people to read it. However, it’s not written in English. I will have to translate it first, which is a really scary task.

    Oh! Well don’t put yourself in a spot because of me. I’m sure once you make it big someone will be kind enough to publish a translated version of this novel. Or I could just stop being a “Lazy American” and learn another language so I could read your work. :D

  6. Dr. Vagrant X

    Thanks! The thing is, there will be at least 20 000 words more. The critical chapters are left (all covering 24 hours maybe) and now I am obsessing over some details.

    How can you write so much!? lol.

    Exactly. To be honest, I don’t know if I could think of a novel that had a perfect beginning, a perfect middle and a perfect ending. But if the beginning was good and the ending was great, all is well.

    On the other hand, I am really disappointed by books that have a promising beginning, but it just gets worse from that point (to a so-so middle, and a horrible end).

    Well if such a book exists I’ve never read it either, though I would obviously need to. And I know what you mean, I’ve read far too many books which either had an interesting concept or a good beginning and turned into so much drivel after a few pages.

  7. Afef

    Congrats for making the Nano benchmark (& over that!) ;) & best of luck for the ending! I’m a bit of a different writer – i love the beginnings & middle parts but suck at the endings! I never seem to write anything with a captivating ending hmm :s

  8. Mariana

    Congratulations!!!!

    I wish I could read Serbian… A friend of mine had a Serbian/Portuguese dictionary, maybe a should try ahahahahaha

    Cograts again!

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